DX involves building new business models by unleashing digital technology, along with reassessing and improving the existing business framework and production systems. Komori has always worked to automate and improve individual press processes with innovations like automatic plate changing and inking systems, but DX requires a different approach, regarding not only press operation, but also print production, as a comprehensive system.
For the printing industry, decarbonization is already a familiar topic, calling to mind the initial drive to eliminate VOCs and alcohol from the printing process. Since then, decarbonization, or reducing the carbon footprint, has become a worldwide movement. For example, industry-leading brand owners in sectors such as foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals have begun adapting and are asking stakeholders, including package printing companies, to cooperate and respond to their demands to reduce CO2 emissions.
At the same time, the demand for small-volume production and quick delivery is increasing. With improved productivity, presses that focus on higher printing speeds and shorter makeready times have the highest return on investment (ROI). The Komori Lithrone GX/G advance series presses respond to these demands with improvements to the high-speed stability of the feeder, delivery and Komorimatic dampening system, enabling stable, high-speed printing while maintaining image quality. The operating system also has been updated and operator touchpoints have been reduced significantly. In addition, automatic job presetting in coordination with KP Connect, core software that integrates and controls the management information system (MIS), prepress, press and postpress, digitizes the printing factory. This dramatically reduces makeready time, especially on repeat jobs. With these improvements, the Lithrone GX/G advance series presses achieve critical productivity goals.
“The GX/G advance series increases press productivity at a level that makes it possible to ‘downsize’ older technology into the latest technology that delivers high production efficiency and meets the environmental goals that are so important today,” says Lance Martin, VP of marketing for Komori America. “For example, by consolidating three old presses with low productivity into two new presses with high productivity, greater production volumes can be achieved while significantly reducing power consumption, resulting in less waste, higher profits and a major reduction in CO2 emissions.”